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Guided Walking : North America

Utah: Bryce & Zion Canyons

Moderate Terrain: 4-7 Miles Daily

Encounter the best of Utah through two national parks, exploring Bryce’s pink-limestone hoodoos and swooping natural arches before moving on to Zion’s sandstone slot canyons and lush hanging gardens. In this landscape of undulating slickrock and quickflowing water, you’ll discover a rich palette of red earth and wind-polished stone accented by the green of ponderosa pines. Along shaded walks, you’ll hear the chatter of violet-green swallows and cool your feet in moss-lined pools. Bryce Canyon offers otherworldly rock formations flecked with fossils, staggering views of the Aquarius Plateau and Navajo Mountain, as well as stands of bristlecone pine, some of the oldest trees in the Western Hemisphere. Zion is a geological wonder, with soaring 2,000-foot cliffs, gracefully curving walls of orange stone, and an incredible variety of flora and fauna—from peregrine falcons to desert tortoises and the Zion snail. In both parks, you’ll enjoy the daily spectacle of sunset: golden light painting carved crimson cliffs, deep-blue rivers, and vistas unlike any on earth.


Tour Highlights:
  • Stroll through the ghost town of Grafton, an abandoned Mormon settlement on the Virgin River with tombstones dating back to the 1860s.
  • Enjoy the frontier beauty of Springdale, your home for three nights, and meet local artisans in their galleries as you venture out into town.
  • With your expert guides, discover the Puebloan legacy of the region, learning how they survived in this extreme climate and perhaps spotting their rock art along the way.
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6 days, 5 nights

FROM $3,098 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Arrival in Las Vegas

After meeting your group in Las Vegas, transfer north to Bryce Canyon National Park, stopping along the way to explore the Virgin River Gorge and Kolob Canyon Trail. Walk the Fairyland Rim Trail along the rim of Bryce Canyon, passing orange and yellow hoodoos on your way to Bryce Canyon Lodge.

Accommodation: Bryce Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon National Park

A National Historic Landmark, the renovated 1920s park lodge offers simple rooms, most with balconies, situated a few feet from the canyon rim at the heart of the national park.

Day 2

Bryce Point to Sunset Point

Start today’s walk on the rim of the canyon, with views of Bryce Point, Bryce Amphitheater, and the Paria River Valley beyond, before descending through limestone rock formations past 2,000-year-old bristlecone pine trees. After lunch, follow the Queen’s Garden Loop and Navajo Loop from your lodge past Twin Bridges to the canyon floor and back.

Accommodation: Bryce Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon National Park

A National Historic Landmark, the renovated 1920s park lodge offers simple rooms, most with balconies, situated a few feet from the canyon rim at the heart of the national park.

Day 3

Transfer to Zion National Park

After an optional sunrise walk from Bryce Point to Sunset Point, you transfer to Zion National Park, stopping en route to hike the Canyon Overlook Trail. Upon arrival at Zion, hike the Emerald Pools Trail, passing a series of pools on your way to a scenic waterfall.

Accommodation: Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale

Local stone, Douglas fir beams, and reclaimed redwood are architecturally designed to create a perfect setting at the gates of Zion National Park. The inn’s spacious and stylishly decorated rooms have balconies overlooking the Virgin River and surrounding cliffs. A swimming pool and hot tub are welcome at day’s end.

Day 4

Scout’s Lookout

Set off on a winding trail through cool Refrigerator Canyon and the switchbacks of Walter’s Wiggles on your way to the spectacular Scout’s Lookout. Here, you’ll have the option to ascend the dramatic Angel’s Landing Trail before a picnic lunch beneath ponderosa pines. This evening, enjoy dinner in Springdale on your own.

Accommodation: Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale

Local stone, Douglas fir beams, and reclaimed redwood are architecturally designed to create a perfect setting at the gates of Zion National Park. The inn’s spacious and stylishly decorated rooms have balconies overlooking the Virgin River and surrounding cliffs. A swimming pool and hot tub are welcome at day’s end.

Day 5

Echo Canyon

After breakfast in a nearby café, you’ll enjoy one of two walks: Echo Canyon offers beautiful “hanging gardens” and views of Cable Mountain, while a stroll along the Virgin River and up the Narrows is dependent on water levels. This evening, savor a celebratory farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Springdale.

Accommodation: Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale

Local stone, Douglas fir beams, and reclaimed redwood are architecturally designed to create a perfect setting at the gates of Zion National Park. The inn’s spacious and stylishly decorated rooms have balconies overlooking the Virgin River and surrounding cliffs. A swimming pool and hot tub are welcome at day’s end.

Day 6

Red Cliffs archaeological site

Round out your adventure by exploring the Red Cliffs archaeological site, where Ancestral Puebloans built settlements from 600 to 1200 A.D. After a walk through the site, enjoy lunch at a lovely organic restaurant in the town of St. George.

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Day 1

Arrival in St. George

After meeting your group in St. George, transfer north to Bryce Canyon National Park, stopping along the way to explore the Snow Canyon and Kolob Canyon Trail. Walk the Fairyland Rim Trail along the rim of Bryce Canyon, passing orange and yellow hoodoos on your way to Bryce Canyon Lodge.

Accommodation: Bryce Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon National Park

A National Historic Landmark, the renovated 1920s park lodge offers simple rooms, most with balconies, situated a few feet from the canyon rim at the heart of the national park.

Day 2

Bryce Point to Sunset Point

Start today’s walk on the rim of the canyon, with views of Bryce Point, Bryce Amphitheater, and the Paria River Valley beyond, before descending through limestone rock formations past 2,000-year-old bristlecone pine trees. After lunch, follow the Queen’s Garden Loop and Navajo Loop from your lodge past Twin Bridges to the canyon floor and back.

Accommodation: Bryce Canyon Lodge, Bryce Canyon National Park

A National Historic Landmark, the renovated 1920s park lodge offers simple rooms, most with balconies, situated a few feet from the canyon rim at the heart of the national park.

Day 3

Transfer to Zion National Park

After an optional sunrise walk from Bryce Point to Sunset Point, you transfer to Zion National Park, stopping en route to hike the Canyon Overlook Trail. Upon arrival at Zion, hike the Emerald Pools Trail, passing a series of pools on your way to a scenic waterfall.

Accommodation: Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale

Local stone, Douglas fir beams, and reclaimed redwood are architecturally designed to create a perfect setting at the gates of Zion National Park. The inn’s spacious and stylishly decorated rooms have balconies overlooking the Virgin River and surrounding cliffs. A swimming pool and hot tub are welcome at day’s end.

Day 4

Scout’s Lookout

Set off on a winding trail through cool Refrigerator Canyon and the switchbacks of Walter’s Wiggles on your way to the spectacular Scout’s Lookout. Here, you’ll have the option to ascend the dramatic Angel’s Landing Trail before a picnic lunch beneath ponderosa pines. This evening, enjoy dinner in Springdale on your own.

Accommodation: Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale

Local stone, Douglas fir beams, and reclaimed redwood are architecturally designed to create a perfect setting at the gates of Zion National Park. The inn’s spacious and stylishly decorated rooms have balconies overlooking the Virgin River and surrounding cliffs. A swimming pool and hot tub are welcome at day’s end.

Day 5

Echo Canyon

After breakfast in a nearby café, you’ll enjoy one of two walks: Echo Canyon offers beautiful “hanging gardens” and views of Cable Mountain, while a stroll along the Virgin River and up the Narrows is dependent on water levels. This evening, savor a celebratory farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Springdale.

Accommodation: Desert Pearl Inn, Springdale

Local stone, Douglas fir beams, and reclaimed redwood are architecturally designed to create a perfect setting at the gates of Zion National Park. The inn’s spacious and stylishly decorated rooms have balconies overlooking the Virgin River and surrounding cliffs. A swimming pool and hot tub are welcome at day’s end.

Day 6

Red Cliffs archaeological site

Round out your adventure by exploring the Red Cliffs archaeological site, where Ancestral Puebloans built settlements from 600 to 1200 A.D. After a walk through the site, enjoy lunch at a lovely organic restaurant in the town of St. George.

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Dates & Prices

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2016 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Sep 25 - Sep 30 $3,098 $798
Oct 2 - Oct 7 $3,098 $798

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2017 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Apr 23 - Apr 28 $3,198 $848
May 7 - May 12 $3,198 $848
Oct 1 - Oct 6 $3,198 $848
Oct 8 - Oct 13 $3,198 $848

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2017 Dates Number of Travelers
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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Carolyn-Beecher
Carolyn Beecher

Carolyn Beecher is in her element in Glacier National Park, where she has been guiding for over 20 years. Her love of nature is contagious as she offers fun facts about flora, wildlife, geology, and cultural history. She makes her home in the foothills of Montana’s Mission Mountains, where she has lived and worked since 1980. Also a big fan of Utah’s canyon country, she has been backpacking and exploring the red rocks and slot canyons since the 1980s. She’ll tune your ears to the song of the canyon wren, and open your eyes to the big skies of the West—sharing the intricacies of nature’s tapestry is her passion.

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Heather Harding

Heather Harding has been guiding for many years on both Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where she lives, and in the canyons and plateaus of the Southwest, where she earned college degrees in biology and Southwest Studies. Heather brings a world-wide background of whale research and Waldorf teaching to her guiding. Heather winters on Maui, where she runs her non-profit whale foundation, with her partner and frequent co-guide Eric Kessler.

Death Valley Walking Tour Guide Kelly Boire
Kelly Boire

Kelly Boire has been an outdoor guide and educator for over a decade. After receiving her degree in botany, Kelly moved to the Lake Tahoe area and began her career as a naturalist. However, her passion for the southwest was sparked by living in New Mexico for three years where she grew to love the wild landscapes. As a professional guide Kelly enjoys inspiring our guests to explore, discover, and have fun on the trail.

Eric Kessler
Eric Kessler

One of our most veteran guides, Eric Kessler has guided for Country Walkers for over twenty years! As a wilderness traveler during his college years, he began his explorations of the Southwest and has been drawn to the region ever since. First running field studies programs in Utah’s National Parks Eric has guided walking tours in the canyons for over 10 years. When not guiding, he pursues his parallel photography career documenting the planet’s native peoples and ecosystems and has a particular interest in the fragile and sometimes elusive presence of water in the desert areas he loves.

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